Sun, 23 Aug 2020 - 12:47 GMT
An Egyptian doctor makes a test during an unprecedented campaign that aims to test 50 million people to detect and treat hepatitis C patients. Cairo, Egypt, 2018. Reuters
CAIRO – 23 August 2020: An Egyptian presidential initiative to detect and treat Hepatitis C patients in Africa will target 250,000 Sudanese people, Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed said, as she met virtually with her Sudanese counterpart, Sara Hassanein.
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi at the closing session of two-days Arab and African Youth Forum held in Aswan city in March last year announced a new initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C among one million African citizens.
Zayed and Hassanein during the meeting discussed ways of cooperation and coordination to activate the Hepatitis C initiative, the Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman said, adding that Zayed has affirmed Egypt’s readiness to send more than 200,000 doses for treating Hepatitis C to Sudan, as well as PCR devices and devices to detect hepatitis viruses, in order for Sudan to train its medical staff to detect infected cases.
Zayed also urged Hassanein to quickly send medical reports of those injured during the Sudanese revolution, so that Egypt can receive them in Egyptian hospitals with no cost.
Becoming a role model for the African nations, Egypt, under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's rule, launched the "100 Million Seha" campaign to detect and treat for free locals infected with chronic diseases including Hepatitis C and Diabetes. The national campaign's check-ups included Hepatitis C test, body mass index, and random glucose and blood pressure tests.
Earlier in August, an aid shipment comprising 14 tons of medical and relief supplies arrived in Sudan upon President Sisi's directives, Zayed said.
The shipment, which includes various types of medicines, vitamins, antibiotics, sedatives and surgical equipment, was transported aboard a military aircraft in coordination with the Armed Forces, the Health Ministry spokesman said.
A similar shipment is due to arrive in Sudan within the next few days to help those affected by floods that struck several parts of Sudan recently, he added
Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli had a fruitful visit in August to Sudan accompanied by a ministerial delegation.
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok along with other Sudanese officials received Madbouli upon his arrival in Khartoum International Airport.
The ensuing bilateral talks touched multiple strategic files of common interests such as transportation, trade, education, and the Ethiopian dam. The talks ended with several agreements to boost relations between the two brotherly nations, according to a statement.